ABA Lawtech Conference 2012 – Day 2

I started with an explanation of this 2.5 day event last month, covering “Day 1” activities … now I want to provide a bit more information about the ABA conference – what I didn’t realize (since it was my first conference) … was this:  once the speakers began talking about their presentation & I realized it was going to be a full hour on “cloud-computing” … I could have gotten up and left to attend another session.  In this case, I would have moved to a seminar called “Productive PDF Tips & Tricks Every Lawyer Should Know”.  So, next year, I’ll remember I can leave when a session is not meeting my needs.

Day 2:  The six tracks included on two sections focused on: Solo/Small Firms, other session were on: E-Discovery, Macs, Cloud Computing & last, but not least: Advanced IT topics.  There were six lunch’n learn sessions that covered the following topics & were hosted by vendors:

1)  Time to cross-examine your technology (HP)

2)  Improved Lawyer Efficiency with Matter Management (ProLaw)

3)  How to avoid common mistakes under a tight deadline (Westlaw)

4)  Using Technology to get the most out of running a law firm (LexisNexis)

5)  eBooks powered by Proview (Proview)

6)  The Data Delimma (Westlaw Litigator)

I chose to attend the LexisNexis session & was surprised there was no attempt to “sell” LexisNexis products. I later learned that in order for Vendors to take part in these events, their sessions must be strictly educational and not used for marketing purposes.

The break-out sessions I attended were titled:

Supercharging Outlook – hidden features & add-ons;

Managing the Information Tsunami;

Becoming a Note-able Lawyer: Evernote & One-Note to Improve your Productivity; You can Take it With You: Your Mobile Office.

From the names of these sessions, you can see I was choosing to focus on topics I felt would be of interest to my solo/small firm clients.   I hope my review of this conference has shown you the variety of topics covered and, as always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

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